Fast Facts

Location: New York State (NY).

Dialling code :1.

Population : 8,143,197 (metropolitan area, estimate 2006).

Languages:English (essential), American English encompasses a multitude of regional accents of differing degrees of intelligibility, Spanish (other) - Spanish has effective dual-language status in parts of southern California, New Mexico, Texas and Miami, Native American languages (other) - There are 400,000 speakers of Native American dialects.

Time zone : GMT - 5 (GMT - 4 from first Sunday in April to Saturday before last Sunday in October).

Electricity : 110-120 volts, 60Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard.

Average January temperatures: 0°C (32°F)

Average July temperatures: 25°C (77°F)

Annual rainfall : 1,200mm (47.3 inches)

 Important phone numbers:

Police/ambulance/fire -  Dial 911

Travel Information Bureau - (718) 330 1234

Parking Information -  (718) 656 5699

Consumer Affairs -  (212) 577 0111

For Information: Dial 411

Time - 976 1616

Help and Crisis Center - 212 532 2400

Doctors on Call - 718 745 5900